Chris Harris will never walk again.
In 2009, Harris was accosted by a group of cops who had wrongly identified him as a “suspect” and fled from them. The officers were dressed in black and several witnesses testified that they never identified themselves as police which might explain why Harris chose to run from them (see here and here). Deputy Matt Paul caught up with Harris and shoved him with such tremendous force that he was launched into the air, thrown several feet, and slammed headfirst into a wall. The resulting injury caused such severe brain and spinal damage that Harris will be paralyzed for the rest of his life.
Paul should be in prison. Instead police and prosecutors have defended his actions. No criminal charges have been filed against Paul nor has any disciplinary action been taken. Harris’s family was awarded $10 million in a lawsuit, but that money came from from taxpayers, not from Paul’s savings account. “There was no evidence of misconduct on the part of Deputy Paul,” according Sheriff Sue Rahr. According to one prosecutor, the incident “was just a freak accident.” In fact, King 5 News did some digging into Deputy Paul and found out that he has a long history of brutal violence. More importantly, Paul has continued to be violent since his assault on Chris Harris:
And that shouldn’t come as any surprise. As long as violent police continue to be shielded from taking responsibility for their actions, we should expect more of the same from them in the future.